Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams

Friday 4th April 2014

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Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams

Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams

Lewis Hamilton claimed yet another P1 as he set the pace in FP2 for the Bahrain GP ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso...

Mercedes:
Lewis Hamilton: "It's been a pretty decent day for us. The car felt good from the outset which allowed us to spend time getting to grips with the tyres. The softs in particular seem to be working well and we saw a fair difference in lap time between them and the mediums. The focus today was on the second session as the timing and conditions reflects that of the rest of the weekend and the difference in temperature between the sessions was quite large. The key was to not react too much to that change in terms of our approach to set-up and we seemed to manage that well. It was great driving under the spotlights here: the circuit looks even better at night and you don't really notice a difference in terms of visibility. It's actually quite nice to be driving in cooler conditions too. As always there are still some tweaks we can make to improve the car, but overall I'm feeling good. I heard the update about Michael after P2 and we are all thinking of him and his family."

Nico Rosberg: "Today was a good day of testing for us. It seems that we are quick in terms of outright pace and I also had a good long run in the second session, so I'm quite confident about the weekend ahead. Driving in the evening is very different, as the track temperatures are much lower than during all the test sessions we've had so far during the day. We learned a lot in the new conditions and it worked out quite well. It was also great to hear some encouraging news about Michael today. The whole paddock was happy to hear this and I hope his progress continues."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "After many daytime races, it was Fernando Alonso: really strange to be running here in the dark even if it was not very different to the other night time races, so we just have to get used to it. From this aspect, today was very useful, especially FP2, to learn about the behaviour of the tyres and the car. Even if we did a lot of running here in winter testing, now it's like starting from scratch and one has to adapt to the new indications coming from the differing track conditions. We know our strong points and the areas we must focus on to improve, but we must not overreact in trying to close the performance gap. At the moment we must make steady progress while still keeping an eye on reliability, which has brought us a good points haul in the first couple of races, which is always very important."

Kimi Raikkonen: "Overall, this was a difficult day because I didn't feel comfortable with the car in either session. In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme. In the second session we concentrated on looking at the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get down to analysing all today's data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race."

Red Bull:
Daniel Ricciardo: "We had a better run in P2 today than in P1. In P1 we played around a little bit with a few things on the car, but this evening was better and we made a step forward. We've still got more to go through - so overall not a bad day, but still room for improvement."

Sebastian Vettel: "It was a solid day for us and we didn't have any problems with the car. We're still learning a lot in terms of reliability and car set up, so it's important to do laps and not to have any problems."

Williams:
Felipe Massa: " It has been a good day for us even though we didn't do much running. We covered some good miles during pre-season testing, so today wasn't about learning, but fine tuning. Luckily the car hasn't changed too much since we were last here, but some other cars have definitely caught up. The car feels ok and I think we can be competitive, hopefully more so than in Malaysia. We still have some work to do tomorrow but we are feeling positive."

Valtteri Bottas: "Today has been a short day for me after sitting out of the first free practice, but Nasr did a good job and handed the car over in one piece and he managed to complete his programme. Today we opted for short stints as we have had plenty of time running throughout winter testing. The aim of these stints was to fine tune the set-up and we can still improve it for tomorrow. Overall though the feeling is positive from my side and after so few laps today I still have quite a bit of work to do tomorrow."

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